Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Trump Chats With David Koch

The great historian Ralph Raico had an interesting take on David Koch (Ask me privately sometime and I might tell you). Anyway, David is the second half of the anti-Rothbard Charles-David Koch brain trust.

He was at  Mar-a-Lago over the weekend.

Politico reports:
President Donald Trump on Saturday night had a friendly chat at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach with twin mega-donor brothers David and Bill Koch, whose family had clashed with Trump during the campaign.

Three people familiar with the interaction said it occurred when Trump stopped by as the billionaire brothers were eating dinner with conservative media entrepreneur Chris Ruddy, a friend of the president who is a member of Mar-a-Lago and is known to hold court with his guests at the membership-only club.

The sources described the chat as agreeable but did not disclose the subject of the conversation.

While Bill Koch supported Trump during the general election, David Koch and his older brother Charles Koch sidelined their massive political machine during the presidential campaign in protest of Trump.

The Koch network has already fired shots across the bow of the Trump administration, and any rapprochement between Trump and David and Charles Koch could be significant in portending a less adversarial relationship between their network and the administration.

The White House press office did not immediately respond to an email on Sunday night.

Steve Lombardo, a spokesman for Koch Industries, the international conglomerate owned by David and Charles Koch, said in an email: “David Koch was indeed at Mar-a-Lago last night and did briefly chat with the President.”...
Charles Koch has yet to talk to Trump since the election, according to people familiar with the situation..

While the Koch network does have allies inside the administration — including Vice President Mike Pence and legislative affairs director Marc Short — it is seen as leery of Trump’s stances on a number of issues. Those include trade, as well as his promised infrastructure spending package, and two of the network’s lead groups offered to spend money defending Republicans who voted against Trump’s aborted health care overhaul push.

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